El Paso Scene Weekly for Dec. 24, 2018-Jan. 1, 2019

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Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino — 1200 Futurity Drive, Sunland Park. General admission and parking are free. Information: (575) 874-5200 or sunland-park.com.
  The 60th season of the live racing runs Dec. 28-May 5. Post time is 12:30 p.m. every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday.
  The 18th Running of the Championship at Sunland Park is Sunday, Dec. 30. Also that day is the Lou Wooten-Sydney Valentini Handicap.
  Other stakes races:
• Friday, Dec. 28: Jess Burner Memorial Handicap
• Saturday, Dec. 29: KLAQ Handicap, Johnie L. Jamison Handicap, New Mexico State Racing Commission Handicap.

Mount Cristo Rey Hike Through Time
— A guided hike is at 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 30, at Mount Cristo Rey, Sunland Park, N.M. Length: 5 miles round trip (2-3 hours). Cost: $5 ($2 for children) donation requested for the Mt. Cristo Restoration Committee. Information: 542-1422. No reservation is required.
  The hike is led by El Paso Scene Editor Randy Limbird, who will provide commentary on area history and geography. A brief talk on the history of the monument will be given at the summit.
  The four-story-tall statue of Christ on the cross was built in 1938-40 by sculptor Urbici Soler. The mountaintop is 4,576 feet above sea level, in Sunland Park, N.M., near the junction of Mexico, Texas and New Mexico.
  The hike is sponsored by Destination El Paso and El Paso Scene. Security is provided along the trail and in the parking lot.
  The 5-mile hike is easy to moderate, and is suitable for all ages.
  Meet at the large parking lot at the trailhead to Mt. Cristo Rey off McNutt Road (NM 273). Take the Racetrack exit off Paisano and cross the Rio Grande.

Hyundai Sun Bowl —
The 85th annual football classic begins at noon, Monday, Dec. 31. Tickets: $22 to $62 (Ticketmaster). Captain’s Club: $652. Information: 533-4416, 1-800-915-BOWL or sunbowl.org. This year’s game features the Stanford Cardinal (8-4) of the Pac 12 versus the Pittsburgh Panthers (7-6) of the ACC.
  Pre-game fan party is 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. with food and drinks, live music, giveaways and university bands, at the corner of Glory Road and Sun Bowl Drive. VIP Tent party also planned.
  Hyundai Sun Bowl Fan Golf Challenge is Friday, Dec. 28, at Vista Hills Country Club, 2210 Trawood. Information: 592-6565.
  Price’s Give “Em Five Cheer Camp is 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 30, at El Paso Convention Center. Information: Wayne Thornton, 541-4331.
  The annual Fan Fiesta is 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 30, at El Paso Convention Center, with live performances, Battle of the two University bands, activities for kids and more. Admission is free. Activity wristbands are $5 for unlimited inflatables and interactive games.


Shangela — The star drag queen from RuPaul’s Drag Race and the movie “A Star is Born” performs at 9 p.m. Friday , Dec. 28, at Touch Bar & Nightclub, 11395 James Watt. Tickets: $15-$150 (eventbrite.com).

Ring in the New Year
— Las Cruces Jazz Collective performs a night of contemporary jazz at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, at Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main in the Las Cruces Downtown Mall, featuring Abby Nayra on vocals, Orlando Madrid on saxophone, Jesus Fuentes on piano, Adriel Hernandez on bass, and Derrick Lee on drums. Tickets: $10 (eventbrite.com). Information: (575) 523-6403 or RioGrandeTheaftre.com.

El Paso Coyotes — El Paso’s Major Arena Soccer League team hosts the Dallas Sidekick at 7:15 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, at El Paso County Coliseum. Individual tickets: $12 general admission; $20 box seating; kids admitted free with purchase of adult ticket. Information: 229-1416, elpasocoyotes.com or on Facebook and Twitter.

Mesa Vista Wine Tasting Room — The new tasting room at 3200 Hwy 28 in Anthony, N.M. Live music featured every 2 to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Information: 494-7248 or mesavistawinery@gmail.com.
  A New Year’s Day event is noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 1, featuring goods from area surrounding small businesses such as Mayaluna Yarn Shop, alpaca products made from locally owned alpaca farms, prints of photos from the New Mexico area, tourist cards from the Mesilla area and furniture from Casa Decor.

WinterFest — El Paso Live with the Hospitals of Providence and Providence Children’s Hospital, hosts ice skating and various winter events through Jan. 6 in Downtown’s Arts Festival Plaza and surrounding areas. This year’s ice rink offers interactive features, along with holiday shopping, seasonal food and drinks, lights, décor and more. Skating is $8 ($7 military; $5 age 5 and younger). Spectator admission is free. Open seven days a week. Tickets online at elpasolive.com. Information: 534-0600 or winterfestep.com.
  Hours are noon to 6 p.m. Christmas Eve, 4 to 10 p.m. Christmas Day, noon to 10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, noon to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday. Also open noon to 1 a.m. New Year’s Eve and noon to 10 p.m. New Year’s Day.

Christmas Tree Recycling —
The City of El Paso Environmental Services’ Citizen Collections Sites will accept Christmas trees through mid-January. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Trees must be free of decorative items. Information: 311 or elpasotexas.gov/environmental-services.
• Westside/Upper Valley, 121 Atlantic
• Central, 2492 Harrison
• Northeast, 4501 Hondo Pass (entrance off Stahala)
• Eastside, 1034 Pendale, 3510 Confederate
  Residents are also encouraged to recycle cardboard gift boxes, wrapping
paper and cards. Materials that cannot be recycled include: metallic wrapping paper, bows, ribbons, and foam. These items should be placed in the gray bin.

Let There Be Lights

Loya Light Show — The brilliant display of 450,000 holiday lights choreographed to music is featured in the 12th annual display at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. Friday through Tuesday, Dec. 21-25, at 12001 Paseo de Oro (one block north of Montwood, off Bob Mitchell). Please park at Montwood High School, and not in the surrounding neighborhoods, or church parking lot. Admission is free. Information on Facebook at El Paso Christmas Lights.
  The 7-minute spectacle, now in its 13th year, is a winner of “The Great Christmas Light Fight,” competition, sponsored by ABC television. The Eastside home is the residence of El Paso businessman Fred Loya.
  Families are welcome to take photos and selfies with Santa Claus and his elves, and complimentary hot chocolate and cookies provided after every show.

Lights on the Lake
— The display of holiday lights at Ascarate Park, 6900 Delta, runs through Jan. 6. Food vendors available on weekends. Park closes at 11 p.m. Car entry fee is $2. Information: 771-2380 or on Facebook at epcountyparks.

Cumberland Circle — Luminarias and Christmas lights adorn the circle each Christmas Eve in the central El Paso neighborhood. From I-10, take Trowbridge northwest to Pennsylvania Ave. Pennsylvania leads directly into the circle.

Eastridge Christmas lights — The residents of the Eastside subdivision of Eastridge participates each year in an elaborate neighborhood-wide holiday lights display. Lights are usually lit around the first week of December, and run through the holiday season.
  The subdivision is off McRae Blvd; turn west on Eastridge.

Southern New Mexico

Luminarias and Christmas Carols on the Plaza — Old Mesilla, N.M., turns into a wonderland of music, light and caroling beginning at dusk Christmas Eve Monday, Dec. 24, at San Albino Church and the surrounding historic plaza. About 6,000 luminarias will be set up. Shops will stay open for last-minute gifts.
  Mesilla is southwest of Las Cruces. Take I-10 West to the Avenida de Mesilla exit. The plaza is off NM Highway 28 (Avenida de Mesilla) south of I-10. Information: (575) 524-3262, ext. 116.

Luminarias at Lincoln — The streets of Lincoln, N.M. and Lincoln Historic Site, 1027 Calle de La Placita in Lincoln, N.M. will be adorned with luminarias 4:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 24, with Santa Claus arriving on a longhorn steer. Hot chocolate served. Information: (575) 653-4082 or nmhistoricsites.org/lincoln.

Luminarias in Tularosa — Luminarias line the streets of Tularosa at sunset Christmas Eve, Monday, Dec. 24. Visitors are asked to slow down to 15 mph, and to watch for Santa, who will be escorted through town by the Fire Department after dark. Information: (575) 629-0787 or trytularosa.org.

Roswell Christmas Railway — The holiday train rides are 5 to 9 p.m. Friday through Sunday, through Dec. 30, at Spring River Park & Zoo, 1306 E College Blvd, Roswell N.M. Ride the railway to St. Nicholas Station for an evening of Christmas magic with lights, pictures with Santa Claus, entertainment, food, shopping, playing and more. Admission: $12; $8 age 3-14; free for children under 3. Information: roswellchristmasrailway.com.

Christmas on the Pecos — One of America’s top holiday traditions, the boat tour along the Pecos River runs through Dec. 31 in Carlsbad, N.M. The 26th annual event showcases the winter wonderland of more than 100 festively decorated houses. Twelve to 15 tours are offered nightly 5:30 to 9:45 p.m.; ticket office opens at 4:30 p.m. No tours offered Christmas Eve.
  The 40-minute tours depart from Pecos River Village Conference Center, 711 Muscatel. The village includes a gallery full of Southwestern gifts and refreshments and holiday lights. Ticket are $15 Sunday through Thursday and $20 Friday and Saturday; $10 and $15 for ages 5-12 (4 and younger free with lap pass). Discounts for Eddy County residents. Tickets should be purchased in advance; many dates are sold out. Information: (575) 628-0952; Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce at (575) 887-6516, christmasonthepecos.com or on Facebook.

New Year’s Eve

Ardovino’s New Year’s Eve Bash — Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, will ring in 2018 beginning at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, with a four-course menu, live music and champagne toast at midnight. Reservations recommended: (575) 589-0653, ext. 6, or ardovinos.com.

Forum Ballroom New Year’s Eve Dance — Tejas Band headlines the New Year’s Eve dance 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Monday, Dec. 31, at The Forum, 3800 Mattox (at Hawkins). Cost: $50; includes party favors, beer and set-ups, door prizes and menudo. Information: 598-4220.

Inn of the Mountain Gods New Year’s Eve — Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino in Mescalero, N.M. will host its “Decades of Fun” New Year’s Eve Bash with gourmet dinner and concert beginning at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, with live music from Aquarius and Boombox Heroes playing hits from the ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s. Dinner served at 8 p.m. Guests encouraged to dress like their favorite decade of the past. Tickets: $125 (Ticketmaster). Information: 1-800-545-9011.

New Year’s Eve at Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino — El Paso’s Fungi Mungle, the “superstars of disco” perform at the 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Monday, Dec. 31, celebration. Admission is free; age 21 and older only.
  The casino is at 1200 Futurity Dr. (at Sunland Park Drive), Sunland Park, N.M. Information: (575) 874-5200 or sunland-park.com.

El Maida New Year’s Eve — El Maida Shrine, 6331 Alabama, hosts a New Year’s Eve show celebration Monday, Dec. 31, with music by Phat Soul. Cost: $25 ($40 couple). Event offers $1,500 balloon drop, door prizes and raffles. Information: 562-1444 or elmaida.com.

New Year’s Eve at Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino — El Paso’s Fungi Mungle, the “superstars of disco” perform at the 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Monday, Dec. 31, celebration. Admission is free; age 21 and older only.
  The casino is at 1200 Futurity Dr. (at Sunland Park Drive), Sunland Park, N.M. Information: (575) 874-5200 or sunland-park.com.

New Year’s Eve Bash — Monti Warrior Zone at Fort Bliss hosts the New Year’s party 9 p.m. to midnight, Monday, Dec. 31, with a champagne toast to the New Year, music and more. Admission: $5; open to the public, ages 21 and older. Information: 741-3000.

Speaking Rock Entertainment Center — 122 S. Pueblo Rd. A free New Year’s Eve concert and celebration starts at 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, featuring performance by Leonard, Colemen & Blunt (former lead singers of the Temptations, the Platters and the Drifters), and America’s Got Talent winner Landau Eugene Murphy Jr.
Admission is usually free. Information: 860-7777, speakingrock.com or on Facebook.

Las Cruces Chile Drop — The 5th annual New Year’s Eve Festival is 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 31, in Plaza de Las Cruces, with entertainment, food, beer, dancing, and the Chile Drop at midnight. Free party favors at 11 p.m. while they last. Admission is free. Information: (575) 640-8283 or on Facebook at Las Cruces Chile Drop.


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